N Korea fires unidentified projectiles into sea, according to Seoul

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea Saturday fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the sea off its eastern coast, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a series of launches by Pyongyang.

“Our military is tracking the movement in the North in case of additional launches,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a statement.

South Korea’s presidential Blue House said it will hold a National Security Council meeting following the North’s latest weapons test.

The launch comes after Pyongyang made a scathing attack on Friday on United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling him a “diehard toxin” following the US diplomat’s comment that the US would continue the “toughest” sanctions on the North until the reclusive state denuclearises.

The nuclear-armed state has carried out several short-range missile tests in recent weeks in protest against the US-South Korean military exercises, which it sees as a rehearsal for invasion.

The latest joint drill wrapped up on Tuesday.

Nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington have been gridlocked since a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February collapsed without an agreement over the extent of denuclearisation in the North and sanctions relief.

People watch a TV news programme reporting North Korea’s firing of projectiles with a file image at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. PHOTO: AP